Rickshaws in Cork get a stay of execution

Rickshaws in Cork get a stay of execution
Rickshaws on MacCurtain Street.

RICKSHAW operators in Cork city can carry on offering their services for the time being, at least.

City Hall has said it cannot introduce emergency legislation to suspend the use of rickshaws in the city.

Under the proposed Government legislation, which will be introduced as amendments to the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, rickshaw operators must obtain a licence and have Garda vetting in place. A total ban on motorised rickshaws is also expected.

However, Fine Gael Councillor Joe Kavanagh had asked the local authority to introduce an emergency bylaw to immediately suspend the use of rickshaws until the use of the vehicles to provide transport for the public is regulated.

Mr Kavanagh has been calling for rickshaws to be banned for a number of years, raising the issue at City Hall a number of times.

The use of rickshaws as an informal mode of road transport has grown in recent and has prompted safety concerns from several bodies.

A report by the Council’s roads and transportation directorate stated: “Having considered the existing legislation and regulations, the law agent has advised that Cork City Council may not legally, through the introduction of bylaws regulate or control the operation and use of rickshaws.

“The National Transport Authority (NTA) is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of public transport services in Ireland. The NTA has been requested by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport to conduct a review of the use and operation of rickshaw throughout Ireland as well as the potential for regulation and licencing of the rickshaw industry.”

Gardaí seized 19 motorised rickshaws in early 2018 under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act 1994 which states a mechanically propelled vehicle can be detained if the driver is unable to provide various documentation including driver’s licence, insurance or tax.

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